Our pick

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

The inexpensive Marathon is comfortable for a variety of hand sizes and grips, and it tracks accurately on most surfaces.

At around $20, the Marathon is an excellent value, and it’s been our pick for more than three years. Its sensor tracks well on all surfaces except glass and mirrors, it connects quickly and reliably via a small wireless dongle, and it has eight programmable buttons plus a button to toggle the scroll wheel between ratcheted and freewheel scrolling. We’ve used the Marathon five days a week since we bought it in early 2016, and its original batteries have yet to die. The Marathon can’t connect via Bluetooth, and its optional software for customizing actions is less intuitive than the newer Logitech software used by most of our other picks. But for the majority of people who want to plug in their mouse and go to town, the Marathon remains the best option.

If the Marathon is out of stock, we recommend the Logitech M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Wireless Mouse for about $40. It’s the second-most comfortable mouse we tested, and it tracks as well as the Marathon. The Triathlon can connect via USB dongle or Bluetooth, and it can pair with and quickly switch between three devices, making it more versatile than the Marathon. It also has six programmable buttons you can customize using Logitech’s latest Options software—its left- and right-click buttons are swappable, but not remappable—and a scroll wheel toggle similar to the Marathon’s. Logitech claims the Triathlon has two years of battery life. But we don’t think Bluetooth and newer software are worth spending more than $30 for most people.

Upgrade pick

Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse

The MX Master 2S is expensive, but its comfortable contour, customizable buttons, and sturdy construction make it the best option for people who use a mouse all day.

If you use a mouse for hours every day, we recommend the Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse for about $100. It’s expensive, but its comfortable design, excellent thumb rest, and smooth tracking on every surface (even glass and mirror) make it a pleasure to use for long periods of time in most situations. The Master 2S can also pair with up to three Bluetooth devices simultaneously; and it has six buttons that can be customized using the Logitech Options software, a scroll wheel toggle, and a second programmable scroll wheel for your thumb. Plus, it has a rechargeable battery that Logitech says will last 70 days on a single charge, and our testing so far supports this claim.

If you need a wireless Bluetooth mouse for traveling, we recommend the Logitech M585 Multi-Device or the Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent, which are identical except that the latter has quieter buttons. For around $40, both are compact but not uncomfortably small like other portable-size mice we tested. The M585 and M590 track as well as our top picks and work on every surface except glass and mirror. Both can connect via Bluetooth or USB dongle, and can pair with two Bluetooth devices at once. Each has five programmable buttons and supports the Logitech Options software. Our panelists preferred the M590’s near-silent buttons, which provide tactile feedback without a loud click, but at the time of writing the M590 was more expensive and harder to find than the noisier M585.

Also great

Logitech Performance Mouse MX

The Performance Mouse MX is our pick for giant hands. It’s larger and cheaper than the MX Master 2S, but it’s too large for most people.

For people with big hands, we recommend the Logitech Performance Mouse MX, which costs about $50. This was the most comfortable mouse for our largest-handed testers, who preferred the size and shape of the Performance Mouse MX over those of the MX Master 2S. The Performance Mouse MX tracked well on all our test surfaces, including glass and mirror. Although it connects only via USB dongle, and its software is outdated (though not necessary for normal use), it has nine programmable buttons, plus a scroll wheel toggle. Logitech claims its rechargeable battery will last roughly a month on a single charge, but our model, which is three-plus years old, makes it through about only nine full workdays.

Table of contents

Why you should trust us

Numerous wireless computer mice arranged on a table.

Some of the wireless mice we tested in 2017.

The Wirecutter has been researching and recommending wireless mice since 2013, and our PC team has more than 20 years of combined experience testing, living with, and reviewing computer peripherals. We previously surveyed more than 1,000 readers to determine what qualities most people look for in a great wireless mouse, and over the past four years, we’ve spent more than 130 hours researching 260 wireless mice, and testing more than 40. We each use mice at least nine hours a day, five days a week, to manage spreadsheets, navigate documents, edit photos, and play games.

How we picked

In 2015, we surveyed readers to find out what makes a great wireless mouse. Most of our readers prioritized comfort (which includes grip, how the mouse glides across a surface, and overall feel), sensor performance and type, connection type and dongle size, button placement and variety, useful software, battery life, and warranty coverage.

A looping video showing fingertip, palm and claw gripping hands on a wireless mouse.

The three main computer mouse-grip styles are fingertip grip, palm grip, and claw grip. Video: Kimber Streams

Based on our survey feedback, this is what you should look for in a wireless mouse:

  • Comfort:
    • Size: Comfort can vary based on hand size, so we sought out average hand measurements for adults. Using hand anthropometric data collected by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (taken from studies conducted in 2002 and 2008), we combined men’s and women’s hand measurements to find that the average palm size is 4 inches, while the average middle finger length is 2.95 inches. We also broke down a 1981 study of hand anthropometry commissioned by the US Army and found similar results: a 4-inch average from the base of the participants’ palm to the base of the middle finger, and a 3.23-inch average from the base of the middle finger to the tip.
    • Grip: Among our survey participants, the most common mouse grip was fingertip at 48 percent, followed by palm at 35 percent and claw at 13 percent. (All three grips are demonstrated in the image above.) We used all three grips with every mouse we tested in order to evaluate comfort.
    • Handedness: We found that 94 percent of our respondents use their right hand to operate a mouse, even though only 87 percent of the readers surveyed said they were right-handed. (In fact, one of the panel members during our 2015 testing was a lefty who uses a mouse with his right hand.) We previously tested a dozen ambidextrous mice, but we didn’t find a great full-size mouse for the 6 percent of left-handed mousers.1
  • Sensor: A mouse’s sensor should be able to register motion correctly and precisely—it shouldn’t stop or jump around the screen. It should also work on a variety of surfaces, primarily desks, hard and soft mouse pads, wood, and fabric. Since a mere 5 percent of our survey respondents told us that they use their mouse on a glass or mirrored surface, a sensor that tracks on glass or mirror is a bonus rather than a requirement.
  • Connection: The wireless signal shouldn’t cut out during ordinary use across short distances.2
    • Connection options: Some mice can connect only via a 2.4 GHz radio-frequency (RF) USB wireless receiver—aka a dongle—others connect via Bluetooth only, and some mice support both. Wireless mice that support Bluetooth and USB dongles are the most convenient for most people because they will fit every situation, but they also tend to be more expensive. Most people don’t need to spend the extra money for that capability, but it’s a nice bonus.
    • Dongle size: If your mouse uses a wireless receiver to connect to your device, that dongle should be as unobtrusive as possible. The receiver should extend beyond the USB port far enough to let you get a good grip to remove it, but no farther, and it shouldn’t block adjacent USB ports.
  • Buttons: Every wireless mouse should have the standard right- and left-click buttons. Half of our respondents said that they use the back and forward buttons on the side of the mouse, so we looked for mice that have at least two side buttons for added functionality (although many offer more than that). We also noted the placement of the buttons and whether they’re awkward to use.
  • Useful software: Many wireless mice come with bundled software that allows you to track battery life and customize buttons, sensitivity, acceleration, scroll speed, and more.
  • Battery life: A great wireless mouse should last a few months on a charge, at the very least. Constantly replacing batteries is an inconvenience, and when some mice offer years of battery life, there’s no reason to settle for less.
  • Warranty: Although most defects covered by the warranty should present themselves within the first year of use, longer warranties are nice to have.

In 2017, we researched 60 mice from major manufacturers such as Apple, HP, Logitech, and Microsoft and found 12 new models we wanted to test: The Anker 2.4G Wireless, Logitech M220, Logitech M330, Logitech M535, Logitech M585, Logitech M590, Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, Logitech MX Master 2S, Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Mouse, Microsoft Surface Mouse, TeckNet Pro, and VicTsing MM057. We also retested our previous top picks—Logitech’s Marathon Mouse M705, MX Master, Performance Mouse MX, and M720 Triathlon, and Microsoft’s Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600.

How we tested

We put each wireless mouse through a battery of sensor tests based on those that manufacturers use to test gaming mice to rule out any subpar sensors. We also tested each mouse on a variety of common mousing surfaces, including a desk, a hard mouse pad, a soft mouse pad, a wood floor, fabric, glass, and a mirror. We then used each mouse for part of our workday, every day, for a week to evaluate comfort, button placement, and software.

In 2015, we put together a panel of people with varying hand sizes to test wireless mice and discuss which they liked and disliked to supplement our survey results. We did this again in 2017, bringing in seven new panelists to test previous picks and new contenders. We measured each panel member’s mousing hand from the base of the palm to the base of the middle finger, from the base of the middle finger to the tip, and from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pinkie with the panelist’s hand spread wide.

Though our panelists in both 2015 and 2017 had a wide range of hand sizes, their average measurements align with the average hand measurements we found in other studies: 4 inches (palm), 3.3 inches (finger), and 7.7 inches (spread).

Our pick: Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

The Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 sitting on a table with office supplies.

Our pick

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

The inexpensive Marathon is comfortable for a variety of hand sizes and grips, and it tracks accurately on most surfaces.

After two years, the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 is still the best mouse for most people because of its low price and excellent balance of features: medium size, ergonomic shape, eight customizable buttons, long battery life, and Logitech’s Unifying Receiver, which lets you connect up to six Logitech keyboards and pointing devices via a single USB port. Although it can’t connect via Bluetooth, and its software is less intuitive than the newer Logitech software used by most of our other picks, the inexpensive Marathon is the best mouse for most people who want to plug in their mouse and go to town.

Comfort is subjective, so we were pleasantly surprised when the Marathon emerged as the clear comfort favorite among our testers. Eight of our 13 panel members liked the size, grip, and button placement of the Marathon best, and four ranked it second best. Only one person ranked it fourth in comfort, but they still enjoyed using the mouse. The Marathon has soft, matte-black plastic on the left and right sides that provides a comfortable grip, and the hard gray plastic on top didn’t cause our hands to sweat or stick. Its shape is ergonomic and comfortable for all three grip styles, and most of our testers loved it regardless of their hand size. Our larger-handed testers preferred Logitech’s Performance Mouse MX for its size and hand support, but one said that the Marathon would still be “suitable for extended periods of time.”

The Marathon’s sensor tracked smoothly on nearly all of our test surfaces, but without Logitech’s high-end Darkfield sensor, present in more-expensive mice, it doesn’t work well on glass and mirrors. And while a few readers have noted that the Marathon’s off-center sensor makes the pointer difficult to control, none of our testing panel (across all grips) experienced these issues, so we don’t think this is common. If you’re concerned, take a look at our other picks, which all have centered sensors.

The unifying receiver for the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 plugged into a macbook.

The Marathon has an unobtrusive Unifying Receiver for easy plug and play; it can’t connect over Bluetooth.

The Marathon comes with a Logitech Unifying Receiver, a 2.4 GHz USB dongle that extends beyond the USB port just far enough so you can get a good grip to remove it. If you have another Logitech device that supports the Unifying Receiver, you can use Logitech’s SetPoint software for Windows or Logitech’s Control Center software for Mac to connect multiple devices to the same dongle, freeing up valuable USB ports. The Marathon can’t connect over Bluetooth like most of our other picks, but most people who just want plug and play shouldn’t pay extra for Bluetooth yet. The Marathon also may not be the best option if you own a new computer that has only USB-C ports, since you’d have to connect its USB-A Unifying Receiver to an adapter or hub.

All of the Marathon’s nine buttons are well-placed and easy to reach: left-click, right-click, a button to toggle between ratcheted and infinite scrolling (smooth scrolling that lets you glide to the top or bottom of a page quickly), forward and back buttons on the left side of the mouse, an application-switcher button on the bottom left of the grip, and a scroll wheel that you can tilt left or right and press down. The left- and right-clicks are satisfyingly springy, and the side buttons are solid without feeling mushy. Our only complaint is with the application-switcher button on the thumb rest: It works just fine, but we found it difficult to locate by touch.

You can customize all the buttons (except the scrolling toggle) with Logitech SetPoint or Control Center software. This older software—replaced by Logitech Options on newer mice—tracks battery life and allows you to customize sensitivity, acceleration, scroll speed, and other settings, but the Marathon also works as a plug-and-play device if you don’t want to mess around with granular adjustments. Without the software, the thumb-rest button and the scroll-wheel tilt buttons don’t work, but all other buttons are operational. Although Logitech’s SetPoint and Control Center software don’t have the intuitive design of its newer Options software (which works with most of our other picks), it gets the job done.

After we used the Marathon for a few full days of work, SetPoint indicated that the Marathon’s battery was still full, giving an estimate of 1,085 days (nearly three years) of use remaining. We used the same mouse on and off for a year and a half, and the battery was still nearly full, with an estimate of 896 days (about two and a half years) remaining. We haven’t used it every day, but even so: This mouse feels like it might never die.

Our pick comes with a three-year limited warranty, which is better than most of our other picks. If your mouse breaks from ordinary use and you’re covered by the warranty, Logitech will send you a replacement. Just make sure you buy the mouse from a Logitech-authorized seller, like the company’s own website, Best Buy, or Amazon—third-party sellers on Amazon may not be authorized.

Runner-up: Logitech M720 Triathlon

The Logitech M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Wireless Mouse sitting on a desk with office supplies.

If our top pick is unavailable, or if you don’t mind paying more for the combination of Bluetooth and a USB dongle, we recommend the Logitech M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Wireless Mouse. The Triathlon was the second-most comfortable mouse according to our panelists, and it can connect via a USB RF dongle or Bluetooth and can pair with up to three Bluetooth devices at a time. It has six programmable buttons, useful software, and long battery life. But with a price of about $40, the Triathlon is too expensive for most people who just want a comfortable, plug-and-play mouse that will last for a few years. (If you can find it for less than $30, the Triathlon is a better value than the Marathon.)

The logictech triathalon and marathon wireless mice set end to end to display their different ergonomic shapes.

The Logitech Triathlon (right) has a higher back arch than our top pick, the Logitech Marathon (left).

Seven new panelists tested the Triathlon in 2017, and they ranked it the second-most comfortable wireless mouse behind the Logitech Marathon M705. Everyone liked the grip and the button placement of the Triathlon, but one panelist pointed out that it didn’t fit their hand as well as the Marathon because of the Triathlon’s higher back arch. (The highest point of the Triathlon measures 2 inches, about a half-inch taller than the Marathon, which stands at 1.6 inches.) The Triathlon is coated in a grippy matte plastic that was enjoyable to use for a full workday and didn’t make our palms sweat.

As with the Marathon, the Triathlon’s sensor aced all of our surface tests except glass and mirror. If you need a mouse with a better sensor, check out our upgrade pick. The Triathlon’s sensor is centered, unlike the Marathon’s, so we don’t expect any issues controlling its pointer.

The Triathlon includes a 2.4 GHz wireless Unifying Receiver, and it can also pair with up to three devices via Bluetooth, letting you toggle between those Bluetooth devices by pressing a button. By offering both dongle and Bluetooth support, the Triathlon works in more situations than the Marathon—it can connect to more devices and work with computers that lack USB-A ports. But most people don’t need to pay around $20 more for Bluetooth.

A side view of the logitech triathalon wireless mouse showing its side buttons.

The Triathlon’s third side button allows you to switch between three paired Bluetooth devices.

It has the same nine buttons as the Marathon Mouse M705, plus the Bluetooth device toggle. The Triathlon’s buttons share the Marathon’s buttons’ strengths and weaknesses, with crisp left- and right-click panels and responsive, easy-to-reach side buttons, but a mushy application-switcher button on the bottom of its grip.

You can customize all of the Triathlon’s buttons except the scrolling toggle, pairing toggle, and left- and right-click buttons. Although its left- and right-click buttons are swappable, you can’t program them to do anything else like you can with the Marathon. The Triathlon works with Logitech’s latest Options software, which tracks battery life and allows you to customize sensitivity, as well as pointer speed, scrolling speed, scroll direction, and smooth scrolling. Options is much more intuitive and enjoyable to use than the older SetPoint and Control Center apps.

The Triathlon also supports Logitech’s Flow software, which allows you to move your cursor between multiple computers on the same network and even copy and paste between the two—even between Windows and Mac computers. Most people don’t work across multiple computers, but this is an exciting new development for some professionals. Like the Marathon, the Triathlon still works as a plug-and-play (or pair-and-play) device if you don’t need customization. (Without the software, the scroll-wheel tilt buttons don’t work, but all other buttons are functional.)

Logitech claims that the Triathlon’s battery will last for two years, although we haven’t been able to test that. We used the Triathlon for a handful of days over the course of a month, though, and the Options software said that the battery was still completely full. It also comes with a one-year limited hardware warranty, compared with the Marathon’s three years.

An upgrade pick: Logitech MX Master 2S

The Logitech MX Master 2S wireless mouse sitting on a desk with office supplies.

Upgrade pick

Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse

The MX Master 2S is expensive, but its comfortable contour, customizable buttons, and sturdy construction make it the best option for people who use a mouse all day.

If you spend all day using a mouse, we recommend spending more for the Logitech MX Master 2S. Our panel found it comfortable for all grips and hand sizes, even though it’s a bit larger and heavier than the Marathon. The MX Master 2S is an upgrade over our main pick in just about every way: It has a better sensor, it can pair and switch between multiple Bluetooth devices, it has six programmable buttons and a second scroll wheel for your thumb, it supports Logitech’s Flow software, and it has a rechargeable battery.

The Logitech MX Master 2S costs about $100, and many people don’t want to spend that much on a wireless mouse, even if it is the best—four of our panelists loved its feel and features, but said they wouldn’t spend more than $60 for it. But as people who use a mouse at least nine hours a day for document and photo editing, spreadsheets, and more, this is the wireless mouse we would buy.

The MX Master 2S’s contoured shape and thumb rest make it comfortable to use for long periods. All our panel members liked its size and shape and praised the comfy soft-touch coating. Our largest-handed tester still preferred the size and palm support of the Logitech Performance Mouse MX, our pick for very large hands, and one of our smaller-handed testers liked the Marathon Mouse M705’s size better. But even those two agreed that the MX Master 2S was a comfortable fit. The MX Master 2S measures 3.4 inches wide, 5 inches long, and 2 inches tall, and it weighs 5.1 ounces—larger and heavier than the Marathon all around, but smaller than the Performance.

Our upgrade pick uses Logitech’s Darkfield sensor, and in our tests it worked on all surfaces, including glass and mirrors. Like our runner-up, the MX Master 2S can pair with up to three devices via Bluetooth and lets you quickly switch between them (in this case, by pressing a button on the bottom of the mouse). If your computer doesn’t have Bluetooth, or if you prefer a dongle, the MX Master 2S can also connect via an included 2.4 GHz wireless Logitech Unifying Receiver. But the Master 2S offers no place to store the dongle inside, unlike most wireless mice that have dongles.

A side view of the logitech mx master 2s wireless mouse, showing the scroll wheel.

The Logitech MX Master 2S has a second programmable scroll wheel on its side.

In addition to snappy, satisfying left- and right-click buttons, the MX Master 2S offers six programmable inputs: a clickable scroll wheel, a button just below the scroll wheel, back and forward buttons on the side, a button integrated into the thumb rest, and a second programmable scroll wheel on its side. (By default this side scroll wheel is set to horizontal scrolling, which is great for graphic designers or video editors, but we’ve found that configuring it to scroll between browser tabs is life-changing.)

The MX Master 2S’s primary scroll wheel feels crisp but lacks left and right tilt. You can switch it between ratcheted and infinite scrolling, and you can toggle between them using a remappable button just below the scroll wheel. The MX Master 2S also has SmartShift, which automatically switches between scrolling modes based on how fast you flick the wheel. (SmartShift worked surprisingly well in our tests, but it can be frustrating if it triggers too easily. You can adjust the sensitivity of the feature using the Logitech Options software, or disable it completely if you dislike it.) The Master 2S’s back and forward buttons are stacked at a diagonal angle, though, which makes them somewhat awkward to use. And like the Triathlon and Marathon, the MX Master 2S’s thumb-rest button is mushy and difficult to press.

The Master 2S supports Logitech Options, as well as Logitech Flow, which lets you move your cursor between multiple computers—even between Mac and Windows—on the same network. You can also copy content and drag files from one computer to the other.

The MX Master 2S has shorter battery life than the Marathon or Triathlon. Logitech claims the MX Master 2S will last up to 70 days on a single charge, while the Marathon and Triathlon last for years. We used the Master 2S on and off for around three weeks, which consumed about a third of its battery life according to the battery meter in the software. At this rate, we expect it to last for nearly 70 days. Three LEDs embedded in the palm rest display the battery level when you turn the mouse on, and the Options software also notifies you on your computer when the MX Master 2S’s battery is running low. The battery recharges via the included Micro-USB–to–USB cable (or any similar cable), and you can continue to use the mouse while it’s charging. But because the battery is built in and can’t be replaced, you’ll have to buy a new mouse someday when that battery degrades and no longer holds a charge.

The MX Master has a one-year limited hardware warranty—shorter than the three-year warranty Logitech offers for the Marathon and the Performance MX—but most defects covered by the warranty should present themselves within the first year of use anyway.

A portable option: Logitech M585 Multi-Device or M590 Multi-Device Silent

The Logitech M585 Multi-Device sitting on a desk with office supplies.

If you need a more compact mouse, the Logitech M585 Multi-Device and Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent are the best options. Both are smaller than our other picks without being uncomfortable, track well on every surface except mirror and glass, can connect via dongle or Bluetooth, and have five programmable buttons.

The M585 and M590 are identical, except that the M590’s left- and right-clicks give only tactile feedback instead of the noise and tactile response of most computer mice. Although all of our panelists preferred using the M590’s quiet buttons—and its near-inaudible feedback would be useful in a public space, like working from a coffee shop or while traveling on a train—the M585 was more affordable and widely available at the time of this writing.

Our panelists, regardless of hand size, liked the M585/M590’s grip, shape, button selection, and scroll wheel more than most of the other small mice. Everyone except our largest-handed tester agreed that the M585 and M590 are tall and wide enough to offer proper palm support for extended use. Both mice have a grippy, matte plastic covering on the left and right sides that’s comfortable to hold and easy to grip, and the hard plastic on top didn’t make our hands sweat or stick. Our testers found only the Logitech Anywhere 2S more comfortable, but none were willing to pay around $70 for it.

The five picks for wireless mouse, showing the slightly smaller size of the m585/m590.

The Logitech M585/M590 (top right) are a little smaller than our other picks.

Both the Logitech M585 and M590 are more compact than our other picks—measuring 4.1 inches long, 2.5 inches wide, and 1.6 inches tall—but because the M585 and M590 are as tall as our top pick, they provide enough palm support for extended use. At 2.6 ounces, each weighs 1.2 ounces less than the Marathon. While the weight difference here is negligible, the lighter and smaller your mouse is for throwing in your bag and traveling, the better.

A close up of the m590 wireless mouse scroll wheel.

The gray button below the scroll wheel on the M585 and M590 toggles between paired Bluetooth devices.

In our testing, the M585 and M590 mice worked well on all surfaces except on mirrors and glass, like the Marathon and Triathlon. And they can connect via 2.4 GHz wireless Unifying Receiver or Bluetooth, which means they can connect to a wider variety of devices than mice that use only RF or Bluetooth. The M585 and M590 can also pair with two Bluetooth devices simultaneously, letting you switch between them with a button near the scroll wheel. (The M585 and M590 don’t have infinite scrolling like our other picks.) They have five other, programmable buttons—a scroll wheel that you can press down, as well as tilt left and right; and two side buttons—that are responsive and comfortable to reach.

Like Logitech’s Triathlon and Master 2S, these mice work with the Logitech Options software and Logitech Flow. The company claims their battery life will last for up to two years, and both mice come with a one-year warranty.

For large hands: Logitech Performance Mouse MX

The Logitech Performance Mouse MX wireless mouse sitting on a desk next to a computer.

Also great

Logitech Performance Mouse MX

The Performance Mouse MX is our pick for giant hands. It’s larger and cheaper than the MX Master 2S, but it’s too large for most people.

If you have big hands or prefer large mice, we recommend the Logitech Performance Mouse MX. The Performance is even larger than our upgrade pick, making it the most comfortable to use for larger-handed people. Plus, it has nine programmable buttons, more than any of our other picks. But it has a mediocre scroll wheel and it lacks the MX Master 2S’s thumb scroll wheel, Bluetooth, and support for Logitech’s latest software. This mouse costs nearly twice as much as our main pick, but it’s much cheaper than the MX Master 2S, so if you have huge hands and want to spend less, the Performance MX is a great option.

Three logictech wireless mice sitting on a desk, displaying the different sizes between the marathon, master 2s and performance mouse mx.

The Logitech Performance Mouse MX (right) is longer and wider than the Marathon Mouse M705 (left) and the Logitech MX Master 2S (middle), making it better suited for larger hands.

Five out of seven panel members said the Performance was too large to use comfortably every day, but our two largest-handed testers said this mouse—which measures 5.1 inches long, 3.9 inches wide, and 1.9 inch tall—fit their hands just right. For comparison, the Marathon Mouse M705 is considerably more compact at 4.3 inches by 2.6 inches by 1.6 inch, with the MX Master 2S falling in between the two at 5 inches by 3.4 inches by 2 inches. Four panel members mentioned that the contour of this mouse dug into their palm on the pinkie side, near the wrist. The MX Master 2S, our upgrade pick, did not have this problem.

The performance mouse mx wireless receiver plugged into a macbook.

Like our top pick, the Performance Mouse MX uses Logitech’s Unifying Receiver instead of Bluetooth to connect to your laptop.

The Performance has a Darkfield sensor, like the MX Master 2S, which allows it to track smoothly on all surfaces, including glass and mirrors. The Performance connects only via Logitech’s Unifying Receiver, though; it doesn’t have Bluetooth like the MX Master 2S.

The Performance Mouse MX has nine customizable buttons, more than any of our other picks: the same button selection as the Marathon, plus an additional Zoom button on the left side. We preferred the MX Master 2S’s fantastic thumb scroll wheel in place of the Performance’s Zoom button, though. We also didn’t like the Performance MX’s scroll wheel, even though it tilts unlike the MX Master 2S’s. Ratcheted scrolling feels imprecise, and the scroll wheel’s built-in down button feels mushy. The Performance MX’s application-switcher button in the thumb rest is surrounded by a plastic frame with a sharp edge that can dig into your thumb, another problem unique to this mouse.

The Performance works with Logitech’s older SetPoint and Control Center software, and doesn’t support Logitech Options and Flow like the MX Master 2S does.

Like the MX Master 2S, the Performance uses a built-in rechargeable battery, and you can still use the mouse while it’s charging via USB. Logitech quotes the battery life at a maximum of one month, and two panel members who have owned this mouse said they’ve had to charge it “more often than [they’d] like.” (Logitech has dramatically improved battery life on newer mice, but the Performance MX has been around for many years.) We used about a third of the Performance’s battery life after three workdays according to Logitech SetPoint’s battery-life estimate, a result that suggests that we should expect about nine workdays in total on a single charge.

The Performance Mouse MX comes with a three-year limited warranty.

What about vertical mice?

Vertical mice claim to help position your hand in a more neutral position (or “handshake posture”) and reduce wrist movement to avoid discomfort and injury. According to Ergonomic Workplace Design for Health, Wellness, and Productivity, by Cornell University professor and ergonomics expert Alan Hedge, using a vertical mouse can actually increase “wrist extension deviation,” as well as slow down performance, even after the initial learning curve subsides.

We tested the popular $20 Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse. After using the Anker vertical mouse for a few days and familiarizing ourselves with its shape, we still noticed some wrist extension and ulnar deviation, and we found it difficult to reach the mouse’s buttons. Although most reviews of the Anker mouse are overwhelmingly positive, many of the Anker’s critical reviews come from people with smaller hands, who found that clicks require too much force and that they had to constantly readjust their grip to reach the buttons. We also found reviews from large-handed users who found the vertical design uncomfortable, forcing their pinky finger off of the mouse and onto their desk.

Although some people may benefit from the shape of a vertical mouse, we recommend consulting with a doctor about the right ergonomic devices for your specific needs. Cornell University has published tips for properly using a computer mouse, gleaned from the university’s mouse research studies, which include: varying your posture; holding your mouse gently; making controlled movements with your mouse, using your elbow as the pivot point; and keeping your wrist free of surface-pressure contact. If you’re not following these tips, you’ll lose whatever potential benefits an ergonomic mouse provides.

The competition

seventeen wireless mice lined up on a desk.

The wireless mice we tested in 2017, as well as our top picks from 2016.

We tested the TeckNet Classic Wireless Mouse M002 and TeckNet Pro 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Mobile Optical Mouse—popular, inexpensive mice that look similar to the Marathon Mouse M705. Both models have fewer buttons than the Marathon and lack infinite scrolling, plus their scroll wheels feel mushier than the Marathon’s and they lack software for customizing the mice. Although they’re reasonably comfortable for the price, we don’t recommend them over our top pick.

The VicTsing MM057 2.4G Wireless Portable Mobile Mouse is another popular cheap mouse that looks similar to the Marathon, but it wasn’t as comfortable in our testing. It also has fewer buttons, lacks infinite scrolling, feels less sturdily built, and lacks customization software.

Our former upgrade pick, the Logitech MX Master, has been replaced by the Logitech MX Master 2S. Compared with the older version, the 2S supports Logitech Flow and has longer battery life—70 days, up from 40, according to Logitech. If you don’t care about longer battery life, or Logitech Flow support, the MX Master is still a great mouse for nearly half the price.

Our panel described the unusually shaped Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse (aka Sculpt Ergo) as “surprisingly comfortable” and praised its great scroll wheel. Its unusual shape forces a very specific grip, however, and our testers didn’t like the glossy surface, the mushy side button, or the intrusive Windows button. Our smallest-handed tester said the Sculpt Ergo was too big, and our largest-handed tester said it was too small.

Microsoft’s Sculpt Comfort Mouse sports a large blue strip with a Windows logo that opens the start menu when pressed, and supports swipe-up and swipe-down gestures that work in Windows. It has a great scroll wheel, but our panel didn’t like the glossy-plastic surface and thought the mouse was too flat and too long.

We tested the older Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition, which has a touchpad in place of a scroll wheel that provides audible and haptic feedback. But the touchpad is unreliable, and the underside of the Arc Touch is hollow when in use, which means the mouse has a terribly uncomfortable grip. Our complaints with the Arc Touch Mouse’s grip apply to its successor, the Surface Arc Mouse, too.

The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 has one fewer side button than our top pick, and all our testers agreed that it was a little too small. The scroll wheel lacks ratcheted scrolling, and most panel members said the scroll wheel was too smooth to use effectively.

The Logitech M220 Silent and Logitech M330 Silent have no buttons beyond left-click and right-click and cost the same as our top pick. The M220 also felt like a cheap toy; when we picked it up, we could hear what sounded like rattling parts inside.

The Logitech Wireless Mouse M510 is one of the best-selling mice on Amazon, but our panel said the M510 was too long and felt “cheap,” citing the protruding side buttons, mushy scroll wheel, and glossy surface.

The HP X4000b Bluetooth Mouse has only three buttons, and our panel registered a variety of complaints about its design.

When our panelists tried out the Kensington SureTrack Any Surface Wireless Bluetooth Mouse, they noted its lack of palm support and low-set, mushy scroll wheel. Its sensor also jumped a little on textured surfaces in some of our tests.

The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630 was one of two Bluetooth touch mice we tested (along with the Apple Magic Mouse, below), and our panel universally disliked it. This model comes with a very short, 4.5-inch micro-USB cable that plugs into the underside of the mouse, rendering the T630 unusable when charging. Most gestures worked reliably, but the T630 had trouble differentiating between one-finger and two-finger swipes.

Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 is too flat and uncomfortable for extended use. You also have no way to take advantage of the Magic Mouse’s best feature—its integrated touch surface—on Windows. (Without additional software, it will pair with a Windows machine and work like a basic mouse, giving you cursor control, left-click, and right-click.) By installing the bootcamped drivers available here, you can add a battery-life indicator as well as natural and one-finger scrolling to Windows, but no other functions are available.

Portable mice

The Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 is our former portable pick, but in our latest round of testing, none of our panelists liked it over the Logitech M585 and M590. It has fewer buttons than these other mice and lacks software for customization, and it’s uncomfortably small.

The Microsoft Surface Mouse has fewer buttons than the Logitech M585 and M590, lacks software support, and costs about $10 more than the M585.

The Microsoft Designer Bluetooth is too flat, making it uncomfortable to use for long stretches and awkward to reach the scroll wheel. Amazon reviews report issues with the center click wheel breaking and the left-click panel sticking.

The Logitech M535 is inexpensive, but it’s too flat to provide any palm support, its scroll wheel lacks clear ratchets, and it feels less precise than all our picks. All of our panelists disliked it.

Our 2015 panel agreed that the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX and its successor, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2, were too small and flat to use comfortably for extended periods. Our 2017 panelists liked the size and shape of the newer Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, but they weren’t willing to pay $70 for it.

The Logitech Wireless Mouse M310 lacks left and right tilt buttons on the scroll wheel, and the glossy-plastic surface warps a little under normal hand pressure.

Several panelists who tested the Logitech Wireless Mouse M525 thought the grooves on the side of the mouse, the seam across the palm rest, and the raised plastic on either side of the scroll wheel were uncomfortable.

The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 has a mushy, textured scroll wheel that lacks left and right tilt.

All our panel members said that the Logitech Wireless Mouse M185 felt “cheap” and that the smooth-plastic sides made the mouse difficult to grip. It also lacks left and right tilt buttons on the scroll wheel, and the ratcheted scrolling feels loose and mushy.

The AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver didn’t track well on a smooth desk or soft mouse pad in our tests, and it lacks left and right tilt buttons on the scroll wheel.

None of our testers said they would recommend the Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 to others because of its tiny size. Even the tester with the smallest hands asked, “Is this a mouse for babies?” The Logitech Wireless Mouse M317 is similar in shape and feel to the M325—one of our panelists called it “itsy-bitsy,” and none said they would recommend it to others.

The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 felt cheap because of its rough, hard-plastic surface. The pads on the bottom also had a tendency to catch on surfaces during use, especially soft mouse pads and fabric.

(Photos by Kyle Fitzgerald.)


1. Wirecutter editor Dan Frakes, in an older column for Macworld, offers a deeper explanation as to why manufacturers don’t tailor mice to left-handers.Jump back.

2. USB 3.0 ports and devices have been shown to radiate radio-frequency noise (PDF) that can interfere with the performance of devices using the 2.4 GHz wireless band. Affected devices include both mice that rely on 2.4 GHz radio-frequency USB dongles and mice that connect via Bluetooth. The noise can radiate from a port on your computer, a port on the connected device, or the cable connecting the two. For example, if you have a USB 3.0 hard drive plugged into a USB 3.0 port, the interference can come from the port on your computer, the USB cord, or even the drive’s USB connection. If your wireless mouse constantly drops its connection, you should try plugging it into a USB 2.0 port, if available, and keep the dongle and mouse away from active USB 3.0 ports and devices. If you’re still having trouble, you can plug your wireless device into a USB 2.0 extender to move it farther from the source of the interference.
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